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Projecting disastersPhoto: Oliver Kreylos

Researchers at UC Davis are donning goggles in a virtual reality center to study earthquakes. Watch a video about how the geologists are getting a close-up look at the effects of recent catastrophic earthquakes in Haiti and Baja California — without setting foot off campus. [ More… ]


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Campus community invited to Fall Convocation

The official kickoff of the academic year is set for 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. The entire campus community is invited to the program and the reception afterward. The theme is "UC Davis: A Vision of Excellence," the same title that Chancellor Linda Katehi gave to the campus's new vision statement. [ More… ]

Online UC forum set on retirement benefits changes

The UC system will host an online town hall meeting to talk with faculty, staff and retirees about major changes in post-employment benefits, health care costs, and other university issues. The live, interactive webcast will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24. [ More… ]

Campus forums next week with candidates for vice chancellor of research

The recruitment advisory committee for the position of vice chancellor-research has scheduled two candidates for campus visits and formal interviews next week (Sept. 15 and 17), with one or two additional candidates possibly to be scheduled at a later date. [ More… ]

Contractor races to finish CoHo remodel

Everyone involved in the new Coffee House, from the contractor to the 200-strong student staff that will be preparing and serving the food, remains hopeful for a Sept. 23 opening to coincide with the first day of classes. But there is no guarantee. [ More… ]

Laurels: Faculty, grad students are tops in agricultural economics

Two UC Davis professors and a Ph.D. alumnus are the recipients of this year's Quality of Research Discovery Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. The association also recognized an assistant professor as the author of the year's most outstanding article in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Plus other recent faculty honors. [ More… ]

Aggies to join Big Sky Conference for football

UC Davis will join the Big Sky Conference for football in 2012, a move that will build on Aggie rivalries and offer new opportunities for postseason play. It will also provide a full schedule of conference games and reduce the team's traveling time and expenses. [ More… ]

Study finds low liver cancer survival rates among Laotian/Hmong-Americans

Among Asian-Americans living in California, Laotian/Hmong-Americans have the lowest survival rates — between one and two times lower than other Asian groups — for the most common type of liver cancer, a new study by researchers with the UC Davis School of Medicine has found. The study, the largest population-based examination of liver cancer rates among Asian-Americans, highlights a profound disparity that calls for targeted outreach to detect and treat the disease earlier among Laotian/Hmong-Americans. [ More… ]

Theatre and dance: 'Bountiful, inventive' season

The Department of Theatre and Dance this week announced its "most bountiful and inventive season yet," including two hit Broadway musicals, a Sideshow Physical Theatre world premiere and visiting artists' original pieces. The 2010-11 season also brings the Edge Performance Festival, a new event with six elements taking place over two weeks. [ More… ]

UC transitions: Merced chancellor to step down

UC Merced Chancellor Sung-Mo "Steve" Kang has announced his decision to step down as chancellor in June 2011 to return to teaching and research. And Lynne Withey, who has guided University of California Press through some of the most transformative years in its history, will retire from her position as director at the end of 2010. [ More… ]


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'Chicano Movement Activists' public program today

Friday, Sept. 10, 5-8 p.m., TANA community art center, 1224 Lemen Ave., Woodland

UC Davis students are due to take part today in a free public program recognizing the struggles and accomplishments of Sacramento-area Chicano activists. The program includes video-oral histories, developed by the students in the course of their interviews with a number of activists, Rudy Cuellar Jr., Graciela B. Ramirez, Mariana Rivera and Richard Soto. [ More… ]

Aggies' home opener: 'A Salute to Heroes'

Saturday, Sept. 11, 6 p.m., Aggie Stadium

Besides the football game against Portland State, the Aggies' home-opener on Sept. 11 will feature "A Salute to Heroes" — celebrating law enforcement and honoring local officers killed in the line of duty. Also, check out a slide show from last week's historic game against UC Berkeley. [ More… ]

'O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou?' In the arboretum

Sept. 16-19 and 23-26, 8 p.m., Gazebo, west end of the arboretum

The newly formed Davis Shakespeare Ensemble's debut production, Romeo and Juliet, is set to open next week, with eight shows planned. The ensemble is not affiliated with UC Davis, but eight of the nine founders are connected with UC Davis, and they have partnered with the arboretum for Romeo and Juliet. [ More… ]

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